Meet the Executive Team
Kathleen McNutt, Executive Director, JSGS
As JSGS executive director, Kathleen's current research interests focus on digital government, climate policy and energy. She is currently embarking on a research program looking at the impact of social media on policy processes, the public sector and governance. In addition, she is examining the potential of integrated digital strategies (web, mobile, social media) to improve public engagement. McNutt regularly facilitates workshops for the school's executive training program. Kathleen teaches various public policy courses at the school including policy analysis, advanced policy analysis, program evaluation and gender based analysis. She has recently been published in such academic journals as Governance, Energy Policy, Internet and Policy, Journal of Information Technology & Politics, Canadian Public Policy, and Canadian Journal of Political Sciences.
Phone: (306) 585-4759
For more information on Dr. McNutt, please visit her profile page.
Jeremy Rayner, Director, JSGS U of S campus
Jeremy Rayner ‘s main areas of specialization in public policy include theories of the policy process (especially policy learning and policy change), policy analysis, governance, resource policy, energy policy and environmental policy. His research currently focuses on governance arrangements for complex policy problems, especially at the intersection of forests, climate change and energy. As chair of the Global Forest Expert Panel on the International Forest Regime from 2009-2011, he was responsible for editing and contributing to the panel’s assessment report, and co-authoring and presenting the panel’s policy brief to the ninth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests in January 2011. Rayner continues to work in the area of international forest governance, including a capacity building project in south east Asia and a European-sponsored research group on “forests+”. In the Genome Canada funded VALGEN project, co-led by JSGS colleague Peter Phillips, he is the theme leader for “democratic engagement” research, working on the influence of public consultations around biofuels on policy development. With Kathleen McNutt (JSGS Regina campus) he is working on the concept of nodality in network governance.
Phone: (306) 966-2215
For more information on Dr. Rayner, please visit his profile page.
Wynne Young, Director, Outreach & Training
Prior to joining the JSGS, Wynne Young served as deputy minister in the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport, the Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour, the Ministry of Education (formerly Saskatchewan Learning), the Ministry of Social Services (formerly Community Resources and Employment), and as the chair of the Saskatchewan Public Service Commission. She has held various senior level policy and management positions in the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance, and was appointed as a senior policy advisor in the Policy and Planning Unit of Executive Council. With approximately 29 years of experience with the Government of Saskatchewan, Young is considered one of the government’s longest serving deputy ministers, having devoted 16 years in that capacity.
Wynne has also served as the national president of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, and as the chair of the IPAC National Research and Professional Practices Committee and the IPAC International Committee. She has extensive experience in working with governments of new democracies (e.g., Uganda, Kenya, Free State (South Africa), Namibia, Tanzania, Mozambique) to help build their public service capacity. Personally, she has also served as the president of her Regina YMCA chapter and is currently a board member of the National Board of the YMCA.
Phone: (306) 585-4230
For more information on Ms. Young, please visit her profile page.